Stories from the Edge of Science
by Patrick Huyghe
From the book...
We were all magicians once. Hidden away in the dusty attic of childhood
memories lies a time when we stood astride two worlds. When we could
erect fairy kingdoms with a few sticks or wooden blocks. When ferocious
animals would spring from the shadows of our bedrooms at night. When
the fire trucks and tractors we commandeered could sweep through the
towering infernos and utopias of our imagination.
Then one day we gave up the notion that we could fly if given the
chance, that trees and little girls in paintings could answer back when
spoken to, that Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny were real. Gone, too,
were those imaginary friends of ours like Scotty and Gink, who shared a
seat at the dinner table with the family, took the blame for the
naughty things we did, and were always around to play with, unlike most
of the kids in the neighborhood.
But Stephen King, the modern master of the macabre, like some of us,
still remembers his imaginary companion vividly. "I had one when I was
six or seven," he says. "I was the younger of two boys. My brother was
always off on his own. My mother worked, and I often hung around by
myself. So I invented this kid to play with that nobody could see but
Faber & Faber, 1985
Trade Paperback, 241 pages
is a valuable step forward in bringing the conventional scientific
viewpoint and the Fortean point of view closer together, by showing how
one shades into the other, and for this alone it is an important book."
-- Ron Rosenblatt, New York Fortean Society Newsletter
--The Zetetic Scholar
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